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SPEECHREPORTING SIGNED

Discourse reporting in African storytelling

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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS 

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address: RUE MICHEL ANGE 3
city: PARIS
postcode: 75794
website: www.cnrs.fr

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 Coordinator Country France [FR]
 Total cost 1˙499˙375 €
 EC max contribution 1˙499˙375 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2017-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-02-01   to  2023-01-31

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 Project objective

The project explores the role of discourse reporting in West African storytelling and the grammatical strategies used by storytellers to achieve their goals. It focuses on three phenomena characteristic of the narrative grammar of a number of West African languages: - Logophoricity, or the use of special markers to signal self-reference by characters other than the current narrator; - The use of quotative markers (commonly described as 'epistemic validators'); - And the use of foreign language or modified versions of the native language to represent the speech of certain characters.

The different phenomena are argued to serve the same purpose: they help speakers manage the distance between the role of the current narrator and the roles of story characters that the same speaker performs. The use of specific discourse reporting strategies is therefore closely related to the modes of textual production and performance in the culture-specific narrative genres, and to the construction of deixis in relation to the event of narration.

The comparative part of the project analyses similarities and differences in the ways discourse reporting functions in several West African cultures with similar data from an unrelated cultural area: the Turkic-speaking areas of Central Russia. The comparison of the organization of the same functional domain in two typologically and culturally distinct areas will assist in advancing our knowledge of universal structural and cognitive motivations underlying typologically diverse and culture-specific systems of discourse reporting.

 Publications

year authors and title journal last update
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2019 Stef Spronck, Tatiana Nikitina
Reported speech forms a dedicated syntactic domain
published pages: 119-159, ISSN: 1430-0532, DOI: 10.1515/lingty-2019-0005
Linguistic Typology 23/1 2019-08-29
2018 Tatiana Nikitina
When Linguists and Speakers Do Not Agree: The Endangered Grammar of Verbal Art in West Africa
published pages: 197-220, ISSN: 1055-1360, DOI: 10.1111/jola.12189
Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 28/2 2019-06-11
2018 Tatiana Nikitina
Verb phrase external arguments in Mande
published pages: , ISSN: 0167-806X, DOI: 10.1007/s11049-018-9417-0
Natural Language & Linguistic Theory 2019-06-11

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